Don’t Let Fear Keep You from Seeing the Dentist. We Offer Sedation Dentistry in Florida.

It probably is safe to say that undergoing a dental procedure is likely not on anyone’s list of enjoyable activities. For some patients, however, dental anxiety can be so extreme that they avoid the dentist for even basic cleanings, which can lead to a lifetime of poor oral health. For other patients, a hyperactive gag reflex or other issues can make dental procedures extremely uncomfortable or almost impossible.

Sedation dentistry offers a safe and relaxing way for these patients to get the dental care they need. Our experienced dentists are trained and certified to offer a range of sedation services. If you suffer from dental anxiety, call today to find out more about our sedation dentistry in Florida.

How Does Sleep Dentistry Work?

Sedation dentistry, commonly referred to as sleep dentistry, involves administering inhaled, oral, or intravenous medications to a patient to help them remain calm and relaxed throughout their dental procedure. In most cases, you remain awake, but are in a state of deep relaxation so that you feel less discomfort and have very little memory of the procedure once it is over. Sedation for dental treatment can be used for a variety of procedures, ranging from cleanings to invasive treatments, such as wisdom teeth extractions.

When Is Sedation for Dental Treatment Appropriate?

Patients opting for sedation typically do so because they experience extreme fear and anxiety when visiting the dentist. Your dentist may also recommend sedation if you have an overactive gag reflex or if you are not responsive to the normal local anesthetics. Contact our office to find out how sedation dentistry can make your next dental visit more relaxing and stress-free.

Which Type of Sedation for Dental Treatment Is Right for Me?

During your consultation, our dentist will help you choose the sedation option that is most appropriate for you. Here is an overview of the various sedation services that we offer:

Inhaled Minimal Sedation

Most patients are familiar with this form of mild sedation dentistry, which is sometimes referred to as laughing gas. The patient inhales nitrous oxide through a mask to help them relax. This form of sedation can be reversed quickly and can be easily adjusted by the dentist as needed during the procedure.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

With oral sedation dentistry, the patient is given a pill, such as triazolam, that makes them feel relaxed and drowsy. Although it may take longer for oral sedation to take effect, it may be preferable for patients who also have a fear of needles and are reluctant to try IV sedation dentistry.

IV Sedation Dentistry

With IV sedation dentistry, the medication is delivered directly into the vein. This allows the medication to take effect quickly and makes it easier for the dentist to adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure.

Deep Sedation

Deep sedation is most often used during long or complicated dental procedures. The patient is in a deep sleep until the anesthesia is reversed or wears off naturally. Unlike general anesthesia, patients under deep sedation normally do not require additional respiratory support.

How Long Do the Effects of Sleep Dentistry Last?

How long you feel the effects of the sedation depends on the type of sedation used. For example, nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so most patients are able to drive immediately after their appointment. The effects of other forms of sedation, however, may take longer to wear off. If you receive oral or IV sedation, you will need to bring someone with you to drive you home after your appointment.

Is Sleep Dentistry Safe for Everyone?

Certain health conditions, such as sleep apnea and certain heart issues, can make sedation more problematic. Your dentist will discuss your health history with you in detail to make sure that sedation is appropriate for you. We will also monitor your vital signs closely during the procedure to ensure that there are no complications.

How Expensive Is Sedation Dentistry in Florida?

The sedation dentistry cost varies from patient to patient based on a number of factors, including the type of sedation used, the length and complexity of the procedure, and dental insurance coverage. We will discuss your sedation dentistry cost in detail once you and your dentist have decided on a treatment plan.

Am I Covered by Sedation Dentistry Insurance?

Since coverage can vary widely from plan to plan, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider to review your benefits and plan limitations. Many plans do offer sedation benefits when deemed medically necessary. We also offer financing options and dental discount plans to help you manage the cost of your treatment.

Don’t let fear stand in the way of good oral health. Call today to find out if dental sedation is right for you.

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